Independence Hall Tower

Object Number: 
1998.44
Date: 
1870-1880
Medium: 
Iron, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 3/4 x 4 x 3 7/8 in. ( 24.8 x 10.2 x 9.8 cm )
Marks: 
cast: on base: "INDEPENDENCE HALL/TOWER." cast: on base: "PROCLAIM LIBERTY/THROUGHOUT THE LAND" cast: on base: "1776 CENTENNIAL 1876/BANK" cast: on base: "TO ALL THE INHABITANTS/THEREOF BUILT 1729" impressed: on base: "MADE BY/ENTERPRISE/MFG CO. PHILA
Description: 
Cast iron semi-mechanical bank representing Independence Hall, with bell tower and red painted base; architectural details of windows, columns, and clocks cast on sides; cast eagles balanced on railing under bell tower; cast inscription on base; slot (for coins) just under second tier; bell hangs in bell tower, and can be manually rung.
Gallery Label: 

The penny can be deposited directly inside the bank and a lever would allow a child to strike the bell within.

Credit Line: 
Bequest of Laura Harding
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group